Growing Appetite for Wexford Food

By David tucker

Published 10/03/2016 | 00:00

At the Wexford Food Summit in the Riverbank House Hotel (from left) back - Joe O'Reilly, Des Murphy, Joseph Wallace, Alan Murphy, Sharon Wall, Pat Sinnott, and Danny O'Reilly; front - Paula White, Chrisie Wallace, Neil Murphy, Paula Ronan, and Siobhan O'Keeffe.
At the Wexford Food Summit in the Riverbank House Hotel (from left) back - Joe O'Reilly, Des Murphy, Joseph Wallace, Alan Murphy, Sharon Wall, Pat Sinnott, and Danny O'Reilly; front - Paula White, Chrisie Wallace, Neil Murphy, Paula Ronan, and Siobhan O'Keeffe.
Joseph Wallace receives the Wexford Food Champion award from Neil Murphy.
Leagh Kelly, Kevin Dundon and Susan Kelly at the Food Summit.

There was a high turn out of producers, retailers and restaurateurs at the Wexford Food Summit which took place last week at the Riverbank House Hotel with the theme of Growing the Appetite for Wexford Food.

The event was organised by the Wexford Food Family, the not-for-profit network of food producers established in 2011 to promote Wexford as a food brand locally, nationally and internationally. This is the third annual summit run by this group.

Sponsored by Wexford Local Enterprise Office, Tom Banville spoke about the importance of the food industry to Ireland and talked about the supports available to food producers in the county.

MC of the day was Paula Ronan, CEO of the Wexford Food Family, who urged the producers to lead by example in using Wexford-produced ingredients in their products wherever possible.

Speakers included Tom Collins, Consumer Insight Specialist at Bord Bia, Kevin Dundon, Dunbrody Country House Hotel, Clodagh Davis, of Naturally Cordial, Mary and Pat O'Neill, of O'Neill's Dry Cure Bacon Company and Lorcan Barden, of Sofrimar, all of whom shared the stories of their businesses and gave extremely useful advice to those entering the industry or growing their own.

Neil Murphy, Chair of the Wexford Food Family talked about how vital the network is to Wexford food and presented the Wexford Food Champion award to Joseph Wallace, of Wallace's Supervalu Wellington Bridge.

The Wexford Food Family represents 1,700 jobs in the county with 277 new jobs created in the last 18 months.

Following the presentation there was a lively panel discussion with all speakers with Maura Bell representing Visit Wexford and Seamus Doran, Wexford Local Development.

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